Materials Advent 2018 Part 16 – Glitter

The New York times has already run the most whimsical materials science piece of the day and I won’t attempt to top the delightful Caity Weaver. So discover What is Glitter, or aluminum metalized polyethylene terephthalate.

PET polymer chain
Model of polyethylene terephthalate. Oxygen atoms are red, hydrogen atoms are white/gray, and carbon atoms are black.
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